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Rash of car break-ins leaves South Caddo Parish neighborhood stunned

Jared Hermes Jared Hermes

A Greenwood man said he got up after his car was broken into and walked down the street. That is where he found items from his wallet scattered all over the road.

His money was gone.

"My sister runs in and she's like, 'All the cars have been broken into!' and I was like, 'Oh, Lord,' because I knew I had all that money in my wallet," said Jared Hermes.

He was one of 60 people who reported car break-ins this past week in this Greenwood, LA neighborhood. Brandi Davis is another victim.

"About 12:30 Thursday night I heard my dogs go a little crazy and I didn't really think that much of it," she said, now thanking her pets for scaring the thieves off.

Her neighbor down the street wasn't so lucky.

"Gift cards, money, tools, laptops, phones, wallets, hundreds of dollars worth of stuff? Hundreds of dollars worth of stuff," Hermes recalled his lost possessions.

He's saving up to build a house, and is frustrated by this set back.

The thieves even took his kids' toys.

"Out of the car seat, they took Ansley, my niece's, Nabi. It's like a little laptop for kids," he said.

Word of the dozens of break-ins spread through the community, putting most neighbors on high alert.

"We put on more flood lights on the house so we look like Fort Hood probably when you turn the corner at night," Davis said.

Police said just about every car that the thieves went digging through had been left unlocked.

"We're going to make sure we lock our doors every night," Hermes said.

The investigation is ongoing and police said they have five suspects in custody.

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